阅读理解 Comprehension Practice | 传统禁忌 Traditions in Today’s Society

华族文化中的禁忌 Taboos in Chinese Culture

Chinese Traditions andd Taboos

现今社会中,我们仍旧能听到一些长辈提及华族禁忌。其中,就包括了送礼时不能送钟,新年不能穿黑衣,吃饭时不能将筷子插入碗中等等。到了农历七月份时,长辈更是会嘱咐我们不能去游泳,否则会被“水鬼”给抓走。记得以前上映的电影中都会展示不遵守禁忌的可怕后果。无论是出于恐惧还是尊重,很多人到了现在都还会避开这些禁忌。

今天,我们将以年轻一代的视角去探讨这些禁忌在现代社会中的意义。我们应该盲目地因恐惧而听从长辈的劝告吗?还是应该进一步了解禁忌背后的意义,再决定是否遵守呢?读完今天的分享后,你也能下载一份阅读理解练习,试一试自己的答题技巧。老师也在练习中附上了参考答案哦!

Growing up in Singapore, we often hear our elders warn against taboos in Chinese culture, reminding us to uphold the Chinese traditions. These range from not wearing black during Chinese New Year, not swimming during the Lunar Ghost Month to not tapping people on the shoulders. These taboos were often featured in films and dramas back in the days, warning people of the disastrous outcomes that will follow if one were to not heed the advices. 

We would like to take a look at these Chinese traditions from the perspective of youths in today’s society. Should we blindly follow all traditions out of fear? Or should we be more flexible and think about the fundamental purpose of these traditions?

Read through our blog and download the accompanied comprehension practice to deepen your understanding. Do feel free to leave any comments or questions below if you need any help!

一、华族传统中的禁忌 Common Taboos

那么,你自己是否听说过哪些华族禁忌呢?你知道为什么有这些禁忌吗?接下来,你可以观看以下短片,再把答案填写在活动纸上。以下为同学们提供了参考答案。
Have you heard of any taboos in Chinese culture? Do you know why these actions are seen as inauspicious or unwelcomed? Watch the video “Ah Boy & Friends” to find out more before writing your answers on the attached worksheet. 

思考题 Question 1

你听过以上哪个禁忌呢?为什么有这个禁忌?

Have you heard of these taboos? Do you know the reasons behind them?

参考答案

我曾经听过奶奶提起其中一个华族禁忌,那就是吃饭时不能把筷子插入碗中。当时,我在奶奶家吃饭,中途想要去厨房拿饮料,就随手将筷子插进里碗中。没想到,一向来和蔼可亲的奶奶当时立刻严肃地拿走了筷子,并告诉我不能这么做。后来,才知道原来人们在祭祀的时候,就会把筷子插入碗中,就等同于给死人上香一样。因此,我们吃饭时就不该这么做。否则,这就意味着饭是要给亡灵吃的。我这才明白了其中缘由,也会避免在与长辈吃饭时这么做。

农历新年来临,小女孩阿晶邀请好友小明到家里拜年做客。然而,她单纯的善举却为母亲带来了莫大的困扰。 观看短片后,根据短片内容回答以下问题。On the day of Chinese New Year, Ah Jing, a 7-year-old girl, invites a friend over for visitation unaware of how her simple kind gesture will later cause great distress for her mom.

阅读理解练习题 Practice Questions

观看短片后,根据短片内容回答以下问题。

Q2 短片里的爷爷是个怎样的人?试举例加以说明。

Q3 在你看来,短片里的小明是个怎样的人?为什么?

Q4 阿晶不顾妈妈的反对,邀请小明留在家中一起吃饭。你认同她的做法吗?为什么?

Q5 妈妈在短片的最后做了什么决定?她为什么会这么做?

(Worksheet with sample answers is attached below)

阅读理解练习 Practice Worksheet

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